It’s Mary not Meghan who is sitting at the top

Mary MacLaren
Mary MacLaren

We have become used to the name MacLaren appearing on golfing leaderboards.

Usually refers to 20-year-old England international Meghan.

However, the honours belonged to her mother, Mary when the Wellingborough player won the women’s scratch prize at the England Golf senior men’s and women’s Midlands tournament at Newark.

Her gross score rewarded her with a total of 60 points.

Mary, a four handicapper, an Ireland senior international and a past Northamptonshire county champion, said: “It’s my first win in one of these senior events, so I’m delighted.

“I had to take a photograph of the leaderboard! I’m used to seeing another M MacLaren up there!”

MacLaren had special thanks, though, for her younger daughter, 15-year-old Rebecca.

“She dragged me out to practice on Monday evening. I am sure that helped me,” she said.

“One of the benefits of turning 50 is coming to play in these fantastic senior events. They’re good fun and still competitive, but it’s a more friendly competition.”

The ladies’ handicap prize was won by Pauline Olliver of Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire who scored 71 Stableford points – and won by a point from MacLaren.